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Repairing Your Sinking Concrete Driveway

Repairing Your Sinking Concrete Driveway

Well built concrete driveways are durable and long lasting, however, elements outside of anyone’s control can still cause a sinking driveway. When this happens there are a few ways a concrete contractor can go about fixing the issue, to get your driveway repaired in no time. 

Why Sinking Driveways Happen

Typically, sinking driveways occur as a result of the earth settling and compressing underneath where the driveway has been poured. This can occur due to normal temperature fluctuations throughout the year or may be caused by organic material in the soil underneath the foundation slowly decomposing and breaking down. Another common cause is poorly directed wat... [Read more]

Fixing Large Cracks in Concrete Slab Garage Flooring

Fixing Large Cracks in Concrete Slab Garage Flooring

While concrete slab garage floors can last far longer and are far more durable than alternatives such as asphalt or concrete pavers, occasional concrete repairs are necessary. Cracks in concrete garage flooring are inevitable but it is always best to take care of cracks immediately before they become large cracks which are more difficult to repair. When large cracks do occur, it is important to fix them correctly to avoid more permanent damage.

What Causes Cracks in Garage Flooring

Cracks are an inevitable part of owning concrete slab flooring and do not always mean it has not been taken care of properly. Concrete has very low ductility so once it is set it cannot expand or contact without crack... [Read more]

Top 5 Advantages of a Concrete Driveway for Your Home

It’s the first thing you see when you come home, and the first impression you make to when guests visit - your driveway. Although you might not give a lot of thought to your driveway most of the time, it’s always there doing its duty. For homeowners who have a dirt or limestone driveway that could use an upgrade, a nice smooth driveway can add serious curb appeal to your home. Beyond the typical coveted asphalt driveway, we want to talk about your options when it comes to a poured concrete driveway or concrete pavers that can add beauty and durability that lasts for years. 

The Differences Between Poured Concrete and Concrete Pavers for Your Driveway

Simply put, a poured concrete driveway is a smooth concrete surface that can carry heavy loads without flexing or... [Read more]

How to Create a Unique Stamped Concrete Patio

Summer is here to stay and there’s no better time to get those outdoor projects completed. If you’ve been dreaming of your own outdoor oasis where you can soak up the sun, fire up the grill, or enjoy an outdoor meal with friends, you might want to consider a stamped concrete patio. Not only can a concrete patio enhance the look of your home, but it’s also a durable and virtually weather-proof option.

Why Choose a Stamped Concrete Patio? 

Looking for a custom backyard patio without breaking the bank? A stamped concrete patio delivers beautiful, budget-conscious results. Although many homeowners may not consider concrete to be the first option when considering a patio, here are some reasons why concrete beats the competition. 
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Summer Patios: Concrete Patio & Porch Design Benefits

Summer weather is just around the corner, and after many months spent isolating at home, the thought of getting out in the sun and sitting on an inviting patio is a welcome break from the indoors. If you’re planning to add a patio or porch to your home this summer, you’ll know that there are many designs and materials to choose from. Below, we will discuss the surprising benefits of concrete for your porch or patio this season. 

Concrete Patio & Porch Design Benefits

porch overlaysAn outdoor patio or porch can add a much needed outdoor space to ente... [Read more]

How to Repair Foundation Cracks with Polyurethane Injections

Whether you’re dealing with a leaky basement or a cracked foundation, polyurethane injections might be the best option for restoring the strength of your concrete structure. Unlike simple waterproofing measures, polyurethane injections are elastomeric, which means they can accommodate concrete movement and shifting over time, without compromising structural integrity. 

The Benefits of Using Polyurethane Injections for Concrete Repair

Foundational cracks are the main culprit when it comes to leaks, and these cracks are most often caused by melting snow, heavy rains, and tree roots. Although you may not visibly notice cracks to your concrete foundation, your first clue will likely be moisture buildup, mold, or water damage inside your home. Cracks that may s... [Read more]

Top 3 Basement Waterproofing Methods for this Spring

Is Your Basement Waterproof?

As the last big winter storms make their way through Calgary, they often like to leave a parting gift. Are you dealing with a wet basement or suffering from the big defrost? There are really only two options available to solve wet basement problems: interior or exterior. Interior work uses drainage inside your basement to control the water that is entering and directs it to a sump pump. This method is not technically waterproofing, it is a method of water control. Water control systems allow the water in, in order to pump it back out. True basement waterproofing is accomplished only by exterior excavation to the bottom of the foundation, installing proper drainage and treating the walls to prevent water from entering. Let the water into your basement and pump it out, or keep it out altogether. ... [Read more]

Common Questions About Concrete Resurfacing and Refinishing

In the past, repairing your driveway has been an arduous task that involves tearing up the surface with jackhammers and towing away the refuse. With new concrete resurfacing options this doesn't have to be the case.

Can You Resurface a Concrete Driveway? 

If your driveway has minor cracks and salt damage, concrete resurfacing is a practical, simple, and cost-effective option that will breathe new life into your existing surface. Resurfacing your concrete driveway can save you money and time because the work can be completed quietly (no jackhammer or disposal required), and efficiently, often taking only an afternoon. The resurfacing material is a composite of Portland Cement and polymer materials that are flexible, and adhere closely. Concrete resurfacing can include... [Read more]

Stamped Concrete for a Creative Pool Oasis

Planning a backyard pool makeover? Consider using the ultimate design flexibility of stamped concrete. In the past, we’ve talked about using stamped concrete in your home, your patio or your driveway, but another excellent place to use it is around your pool. Stamped concrete offers a wide variety of design possibilities at a low-cost. Don’t just stand at your window staring into the snow like Clark Griswold, [Read more]

Garage Flooring Cracks: When to Repair, When to Replace

How often do you think about your garage flooring? Unless you’re building, repairing or remodeling, you likely don’t give it much thought. Nevertheless, it’s there in the background doing its job – supporting the weight of your vehicles, shrinking and expanding with the temperature, and dealing with the odd paint or oil spill. Over time, however, all these activities can cause cracks and crumbling in your concrete flooring. Although you might be tempted to repair these cracks with commercial DIY products such as epoxy, they tend to recur. Here’s why:

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